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egg

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verb \ˈeg, ˈāg\

Definition of egg

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to incite to action —usually used with on



Origin and Etymology of egg

Middle English, from Old Norse eggja; akin to Old English ecg edge — more at edge


First Known Use: 13th century


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egg

noun, often attributive

Simple Definition of egg

  • : a hard-shelled oval thing from which a young bird is born; also : an oval or round thing from which a snake, frog, insect, etc., is born

  • : the egg of a bird (especially a chicken) eaten as food

  • biology : a cell that is produced by the female sexual organs and that combines with the male's sperm in reproduction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of egg

  1. 1 a :  the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken; also :  its contents used as food b :  an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence c :  ovum

  2. 2 :  something resembling an egg

  3. 3 :  person, sort <a good egg>

eggless

adjective

eggy

play \ˈe-gē, ˈā-\ adjective

egg on one's face

  1. :  a state of embarrassment or humiliation

Examples of egg in a sentence

  1. The egg will hatch about 10 days after it is laid.

  2. the smell of rotten eggs

  3. I bought a carton of eggs.

  4. a batter made from flour and egg

  5. The egg is fertilized by the sperm.



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Origin and Etymology of egg

Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg; akin to Old English ǣg egg, Latin ovum, Greek ōion


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Embryology Terms


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egg

verb

Definition of egg

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with egg

  3. 2 :  to pelt with eggs



1833

First Known Use of egg

1833

Rhymes with egg



EGG Defined for Kids

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egg

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noun \ˈeg, ˈāg\

Definition of egg for Students

  1. 1 :  an oval or rounded body surrounded by a shell or membrane by which some animals (as birds, fish, insects, and reptiles) reproduce and from which the young hatches out

  2. 2 :  egg cell

  3. 3 :  the contents of the egg of a bird and especially a chicken that is eaten as food




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egg

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verb

Definition of egg for Students

egged

egging

  1. :  to urge or encourage to do usually something foolish or dangerous <… he'd been calling the snake off, not egging it on … — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>




Medical Dictionary

egg

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noun \ˈeg, ˈāg\

Medical Definition of egg

  1. 1:  the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken (Gallus gallus)

  2. 2:  an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence

  3. 3:  ovum



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